Part 1: Accept the Things You Cannot Change - Dry Farming in Drought Country

It has been said that there is nothing new under the sun.  And, as an example of how true that statement is, here are a couple more to the same effect: those who forget history are doomed to repeat it; this too, shall pass; and the more things change, the more they stay the same.  But, when there is real tumult in the world, there always seems to be a  feeling that this time is different.  

When it comes to the drought currently plaguing the western US...

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The American Roots of Viticulture: How the U.S. Saved European Viticulture

For the next 20 years, phylloxera ravaged European vineyards -- France’s in particular -- and wine production cratered 70%.  Panic.  Thousands of farmers were watching their lives and legacies die in front of their eyes, and once the enemy became known, a frantic search for solutions began.

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Doing Right by the Kids: Why Suffering Grapevines Make Great Wine

When tasting at a winery, it is common to hear about how a wine has extra character because the vines were encouraged to struggle.  It’s one of those oft-repeated statements that doesn’t even attract scrutiny, but just receives nodding acceptance before you gulp down a small pour of another wine that tastes pretty similar to the last one.

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